100-year-old Crockett Elementary School gets 21st-century classrooms

News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Crockett Elementary school is celebrating its 100 year anniversary by unveiling renovations made possible by the El Paso Independent School District’s 2016 Bond.

The renovations are worth more than $10 million dollars. They include interactive tech filled classrooms and more.

“There’s like TVs, chairs that roll,” said Annaliese Avina, a 5th grade Crockett Elementary student.

Crockett Elementary School Classroom.

EPISD said both teaching and learning has changed over the years.

“We want kids to be literally mobile in their classrooms. It’s no longer about sitting in their desks and rows and staring at a chalkboard,” said Melissa Martinez, an EPISD Spokesperson.

EPISD said as it brought Crockett into the 21st century, but also wanted to maintain the history of the 100-year-old building.

“It is a bit of a unique challenge to renovate while still making it look like it did in 1920,” said Martinez.

The same windows that were at the school in 1920 are the same ones that can be seen today, just refurbished.

Crockett Elementary 1920
Crockett Elementary 2020

“That’s what’s exciting to them is that they are able now to take advantage of all of those things 21st-century learning has to offer,” said Martinez. “And for us adults that are appreciative of the history of this building we are able to really look back and look at the beauty of this building and how well it’s been maintained.”

Other updates include new bus and parent drop-offs, a new playground, ceiling, LED lighting and of course tech classrooms.

The total cost was $10.3 million under the $11 million dollar budget from the voter-approved 2016 bond project.

EPISD said with the renovations they are sure Crockett will be around for another 100 years.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

Texas police officer killed in shoot-out identified, Gov. Greg Abbott releases statement

Sen. Ted Cruz backs Bitcoin miner's plan to fix the Texas Power Grid

ERCOT inspecting more than 300 power generation plants to ensure Power Grid is ready for winter

Miami, Washington State coming to Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl makes selection; UTEP headed to New Mexico Bowl

Texas officials seize more than 16,000 LBS of Drugs, including Fentanyl, $7 Million

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link